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How To Properly Store Pie

We have officially entered pie season–the most delicious season of them all! And with lots of holiday events coming up, comes a greater chance at having delicious leftovers (score!). From pumpkin to apple and everything in between, all pies should be handled differently when it comes to storing them. Make sure to follow these pie storing tips to ensure you can indulge in these delicious treats the safe way:

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Fruit Pies:
Apple, blueberry and cherry too–All of your pies with fruit fillings can remain covered and stored at room temperature for up to two days after they’re baked. After that, it’s important to keep them in the fridge for another two days of storage. If they’re still lingering after the four day mark, it’s best to toss them! Not going to finish that pie in four days? No problem–fruit pies are one of the few types that actually freeze well. Place them uncovered in the freezer until frozen solid, then wrap in plastic wrap or foil and place back in the freezer for up to four months. When you’re ready to chow down, thaw them at room temperature for one hour and then reheat at 375°F for about 30 minutes.

Pumpkin & Pecan:
Since pumpkin and pecan pie contain eggs in their filling, these must always be kept in the refrigerator. If you’re trying to get a head start on the pie prep, you can prepare them during the week and store the pie in the refrigerator for up to four days before serving. Make sure to wrap the pie in aluminum foil and ensure that your fridge is set to 38°F to avoid the risk of any illnesses.

Cream, Mousse & Custard Pies
These fan favorites are usually a staple at the holiday dessert table.  While they don’t freeze well, you can keep them covered in the fridge for up to four days. You should hold off on topping them with whipped cream until you’re ready to serve to ensure the ultimate level of freshness (and deliciousness).

You can’t enjoy these tasty holiday pies if your refrigerator isn’t in working order. If your fridge isn’t working properly, call the experts at Speedy Sub Zero! We’ve been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

How To Choose The Best Refrigerator For Your Home

If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, shopping can be really overwhelming due to all of the new options. Not only are there multiple options when it comes to color and capacity, but you’ll also need to make decisions regarding everything from finish and shelf configuration to touch screens. This guide will help you narrow down your choices to choose the best unit for your home:

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Determine the Size:

For many homeowners, space is at the top of their refrigerator wish list. Depending on the size of your family, how much you entertain and how much you eat at home, the capacity you’ll  need will vary. Once you determine the unit size to best suit the needs of your family, make sure it will actually fit in your kitchen, including having enough space to open your doors and pull out your drawers.

Exterior appearance:
If you’re looking for a sleek finish, consider stainless steel. If a light and airy feel works best with your kitchen decor, be on the lookout for white finishes. Refrigerators come in a variety of colors, so determine which will go best with your kitchen and continue your search.

Check Inside:
Many higher-end refrigerators give homeowners the ability to maintain different climates within the same refrigerator. Some even provide precise temperatures for sensitive ingredients such as produce, meats and cheese. If these factors are important to you, narrow down your hunt for the perfect fridge by searching for makes that offer these features. If you’re big in entertaining, look for fridges with flexibility in their shelving and drawers. Many manufacturers now offer shelving that pulls out and can accommodate larger platters and trays.

Extra Features:
Smart refrigerators recently came on the scene, offering features like touch screens, recipe lists and food trackers. These can also be connected to your tablets and smartphones for added convenience. Other extras you might be interested in is a built in filtered water and ice maker or even a hot water dispenser for tea and coffee. What will they think of next?

If you’re experiencing any problems with your new refrigerator,  the experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. With more than 75 years of experience serving Long Island and New York City, don’t trust anyone else with your refrigerator and freezer repairs. Call us to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

 

How To Kill Mold in Your Refrigerator

Refrigerators are mold magnets, due to the dark and moist environment. Foods and liquids spill, leftovers get lost in the back, and condiments seem to expire much faster than expected, leaving prime breeding grounds for mold. Mold can be very dangerous, but luckily is easy to clean in your refrigerator. Here are some ways to keep that fridge sparkling clean and safe:

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  1. Locate the Mold: Visible mold is usually just a small percentage of how much mold is actually in your fridge. Completely remove all of the contents from your drawers and shelves and locate any extra debris and spills.
  2. Clean the Shelves and Drawers: Shelves and drawers should be cleaned with dish soap and water to get any sticky food, residue or debris off. Once they are cleaned, spray them with a solution of one part bleach and one part water. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes and wipe clean. Make sure to pay attention to the drawer tracks and any nooks and crannies to get rid of any mold spores that could linger. Cotton swabs are good tools to help get into those hard to reach places.
  3. Wipe Out The Inside: Spray the bleach solution onto the interior walls of the fridge, let sit for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water and thoroughly dry it.
  4. Don’t Forget the Gaskets: Gaskets cannot be cleaned with bleach because it damages the rubber seal. Instead, combine one part white vinegar with one part water inside the other spray bottle. Spray the gaskets on the fridge door and allow them to sit for five minutes before wiping clean. Scrub them with an old toothbrush to remove grime in any hard-to-reach places. Remember, mold breeds from moisture, so be sure to dry thoroughly in order to prevent more spores from growing.

Keeping your refrigerator clean and free of mold is important for the safety of your food and the efficiency of your fridge. Should you run into any refrigerator trouble let the experts at Speedy Subzero help! We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. To schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians, give us a call at 866-782-9376 today!

What Causes Refrigerator Condensation?

Do you notice that every time you open up your refrigerator, you see condensation covering the ceiling, shelves, crisper, and containers inside? Excessive condensation can be frustrating, especially when you’re not sure where it’s coming from. Condensation occurs when warm, humid air comes in contact with a cold surface. As the warm air cools, it releases moisture in the form of water droplets. Experiencing some is fine, but when your refrigerator is constantly a wet mess, you could have a problem:  Here are some reasons for condensation in your fridge:

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Faulty Gasket: This is the most likely reason for extra condensation in your fridge. The rubber seal around your door is responsible for keeping out warm air, but have a tendency to wear out quickly due to frequent use. A good test to check is to close your refrigerator door with a piece of paper inside. If you can pull that paper out with no problem, it’s time for a new gasket.

Clogged Drain Pipe: Having a clogged drain pipe doesn’t mean that you will necessarily experience condensation in your fridge, but can certainly lead to a pool of water forming at the bottom of your unit. If the pipe is clogged by ice, you can melt it with a hair dryer for quick relief. If it is clogged by something else, try using a straw to dislodge the item, or give your local professionals a call.

Hot Food: Food that is still hot and then goes straight into your fridge can be a cause of experiencing extra water droplets all over your refrigerator. Placing food in the fridge without giving it a chance to cool down first also raises your refrigerator’s temperature, making it work harder to keep cooler. This can not only put a strain on your unit, but can increase your energy bills as well.

If you’re experiencing excessive condensation in your refrigerator, give the experts at Speedy Sub Zero a call! We have been repairing refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and wine coolers for more than 75 years, and we offer same-day appointments in the comfort of your own home. If you live on Long Island, call us any time at 866-782-9376 and we will be at your door in one hour, guaranteed!

Why Won’t My Refrigerator Door Stay Closed?

Living with a refrigerator door that keeps opening is really frustrating. Not only is your food at risk for spoiling, but you’re also throwing away tons of money on wasted energy. When you notice your door not staying closed, there are some things you can do to try to fix this pesky problem. Here are ways to keep your refrigerator door shut, and keep your delicious foods cold:sub zero refrigerator repair in garden city

Make Sure There’s No Blockage: This should be common sense, but the first order of business when troubleshooting an open fridge door is to make sure that there are no crisper drawers slightly open, or anything preventing your door from fully closing.

Check The Gasket: Since your gasket is the rubber piece that acts as a buffer between your door and the frame, it’s very likely that something there could be preventing your door from sealing shut. Every day dirt, grease and debris can get caught in the gasket, so make sure that it is clean and in tact. Run a soft cloth or sponge full of soap and water along the edges, dry fully and see if that does the trick! If your gasket is loose and coming off, you may need to replace it. A good test to determine the condition of your gasket is to place a thin piece of paper between your door and the gasket–pull the paper out and notice the level of ease. If the paper comes out with no problem, it sounds like it’s time for a new gasket!

Inspect For Uneven Surfaces: If your door still won’t close, it could be due to uneven floors or the fact that your fridge lost its balance. Break out a level to determine any uneven areas that could potentially be causing this problem. If you do notice that an area by the feet of your unit is off, you might need an extra hand to replace it. Turn to your trusted professionals to help diagnose and fix any of your refrigerator issues!

Are you suffering from a faulty refrigerator door that just won’t stay closed? Don’t let your food go bad or your money go to waste! Give Speedy Sub Zero a call! We have been repairing refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and wine coolers for more than 75 years, and we offer same-day appointments in the comfort of your own home. If you live on Long Island, call us any time at 866-782-9376 and we will be at your door in one hour, guaranteed!